Real World Gardener 3 Types of Secateurs You Need In Tool Time

November 26th, 2018


Secateurs times three

Are you a one type of secateurs gardener?

Did you know that you could be doing yourself a disservice by only having one pair of secateurs?

Especially if you’re a keen gardener who’s out there most days doing something in the garden even if it’s only thirty minutes.

Let’s find out what other types you could use?

I'm talking with Tony Mattson from

 Anvil vs By-pass vs snips are the three main types of secateurs.


Anvil secateurs: Cut above tools

  • The anvil type of secateurs can best be described as having an upper blade that cuts down onto a lower flat area. Much like a knife onto a cutting board. 
  • The upper blade can be sharp on one or both sides. 
  • Did you know that the majority of ratchet secateurs are anvil based because they need to be able to cut up to 28 - 30 mm thick branches.
  • These are best for thicker, harder stems such as chopping up branches to go into the compost bin. Good for either either a right hand or a left hander. 
  • For bypass secateurs the blade is going past the anvil at the bottom. More suitable for softer plant tissue and using on live wood or plant tissue. 


    By-pass secateurs: Cut above tools

  • Note: only sharpen the outside edge of the cutting blade.
  • Good for sharp, precise cuts.

Snips are good for florists and those gardeners that like to propagate plants, as well as for cutting flowers. 


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